Crime and Punishment

He waited long delays of time
pressing hard to stop the ache
sleeping rather than thinking
spinning rather than stillness.
Wander this way, will you
please. No chance or hope
he could go to her as every
code denied him.

Why suffer now the lack of will?
Whose judge will mark him sober?
Can one good life be lost for good–
Is the service finally over?

Do not cry; his life is spared
His dignity in order
And happiness crept in again
Despite succumbing in the end–
’twas worth the draw and quarter?


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